Roland Emmerich has just announced that he will be rebooting the Stargate franchise, and it will be coming back to the back screen as a trilogy!
But it seems it won’t be connected to either Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, the recently cancelled Universe series, or even the original movie. This will be a complete new start at all levels. The 1994 movie was originally planned as a trilogy, but the television series was developed instead, and lasted over ten years and gave way to two spin-offs. The director has hinted that he might take some story ideas from the movie, but that essentially it will be something new. When asked about a direct sequel he added that ” the actors look totally different… it would not work”.
About this news Emmerich has said:
“We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”
Although this does not take away the bitter taste of Universe being cancelled, it might be an interesting way to go back to that world. There will surely be mixed feelings towards this reboot, seeing as fans have been expecting at least an Atlantis movie, seeing as Emmerich never much cared for the Universe spin-off anyway.
What do you think? Should we approach this with cautionary optimism, or is it just another director trying to cash in in what seems to be a science fiction wave (with Ender’s Game, Star Trek, and the new Star Wars movies)? I’ll admit to mixed feelings!